Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa casinos to remain closed beyond June 1
The Singapore Casino Regulatory Authority (Singapore CRA) has confirmed that the City State’s two integrated resort casinos, namely Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, will remain closed through the beginning of June as casinos will not be included in the first wave of reopening of businesses.
The gaming industry regulator said that the reopening dates for the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa casinos would be postponed. The two entertainment properties were ordered to suspend their operations on 7th of April this year due to corona virus outbreak and they have been closed since then.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong first ordered all non-essential businesses to remain closed until 4th of May, and later extended the mandatory closure date for non-essential businesses through 1st of June. Now, merely a week before the mandatory closure was scheduled to be lifted, the country’s casino watchdog told the operators that casinos would have to wait more to be reopened.
Marina Bay Sands, like some other entertainment properties, has been making all possible kinds of efforts to boost their business resiliency and ensure public health in wake of the corona virus pandemic. For instance, more than three dozen task forces have been deployed to explore how they could improve operations in the post-COVID-19 world. In a newly released statement, a spokesperson for Marina Bay Sands stressed that the casino aimed to create a safe environment for both guests and employees.
Promising to ensure public health, the casinos explained, “Some 1,000 staff – working in staggered shifts – in security, facilities, and cleaning departments, have been deployed on site during this period to maintain the cleanliness and safety of our iconic property. We aim to create a safe and controlled environment for our guests and Team Members when we reopen.”
Deadly corona virus pandemic allegedly originated in China and swiftly spread to almost all other countries of the world, infecting millions of people and leaving many of them dead. In the United States alone, the deadly virus has claimed nearly ninety thousand lives. Singapore also continues to see a quick rise in the number of corona patients. The Southeast Asian country has thus far registered more than 30,000 positive corona virus cases. Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa casinos said public health safety would be their top priority, and they would be ready to reopen safely whenever permitted.